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[liberationtech] December 5th DC Forum Event: The Impact of Search Technology on Journalism

Mera Szendro Bok meraszendro at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 12:08:20 PST 2011


Please join Media Access Project (MAP) on Monday, December 5th, 8am-12pm to
introduce MAP’s fifth annual Forum Series.

*The entire series is free and open to the public*. *Continental breakfast
will be available.*

*Please RSVP to Mera Szendro Bok at mera at mediaaccess.org*

Search has a profound impact on the journalism industry and all content
creators including citizen journalists and bloggers. Algorithms have a
important effect on page views, advertising rates and the diversion of
revenue with the news room. For online news readers, search technology is
changing the news we receive, at times offering us news that may strengthen
our biases.

MAP will be presenting two panels on the impact of search technology on
journalism, speakers are to be announced.
*The business of search: How algorithms effect the bottom line* ** *
9:00-10:30am*

This panel will explore the important economic impacts of search on
journalism, particularly in combination with newly-influential social media
inputs. Ranking, based on unknown algorithm criteria, has become a big
issue for many news outlets success.

Experts within the journalism industry will discuss these issues of search
technology on the industry’s growth, as well as how search affects all
Americans.
*A look into the black box:
How search technology influences working journalists* ** *10:30-12pm*

This panel will explore the effects of new search technologies on working
journalists, on advertising rates and the diversion of revenue with the
newsroom. Start-ups and/or smaller outlets are also effected and have found
new readers because of search. Many wonder how democratic algorithms are
and we will explore the growing politicization of search technology.
Location: *South America Room*  *Pew Conference Center*  *901 E Street
Northwest*  *Washington, D.C 20004* *Twitter hashtag: #MAPForum*
Please share this invitation with your network, a full invite can be
found here.
<http://www.mediaaccess.org/map-forum-series/>

This event will not be live streamed, so please plan on attending.
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